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Who the Oscars should have nominated: Acting

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12 Angry Men (1957)
Henry Fonda as Juror 8



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Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman



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Marlon Brando as Col. Kurtz



Dennis Hopper as The Photojournalist



Should have been nominated for
Best Supporting Actor (Brando)
Best Supporting Actor (Hopper)

Come on, shorter roles than these have been nominated!
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Babel (2006)
Brad Pitt as Richard Jones



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Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice



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John Goodman as Walter Sobchak



Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski'



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Best Supporting Actor (Goodman)
Best Actor (Bridges)
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Borat (2006)
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev



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Citizen Kane (1941)
Everett Sloane as Mr. Bernstein



Joseph Cotton as Jedediah Leland



Agnes Moorehead as Mary Kane



Should have been nominated for
Best Supporting Actor (Sloane)
Best Supporting Actor (Cotten)
Best Supporting Actress (Moorehead)
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Malcolm McDowell as Alex Delarge



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Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary



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John Cazale as Sal Naturile



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Best Supporting Actor
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Donnie Darko (2001)
Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie Darko



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Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands



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Fight Club (1999)
Edward Norton as The Narrator



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Jamie Lee Curtis as Wanda Gershwitz



Michael Palin as Ken Pile



Should have been nominated for
Best Actress (Curtis)
Best Supporting Actor (Palin)
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The Fly (1986)
Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle



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Jack Lemmon as Shelley Levene



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High Sierra (1941)
Humphrey Bogart as Roy Earle



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Mélanie Laurent as Shosana Dreyfus



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Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress (Could qualify for either)
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Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs



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Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin



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Alec Guinness as Professer Marcus



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Lolita (1962)
James Mason as Humbert Humbert



Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty



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Best Actor (Mason)
Best Supporting Actor (Sellers)
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Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee



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The Machinist (2004)
Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik



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Magnolia (1999)
John C. Reilly as Officer Jim Kurring



Julianne Moore as Linda Partridge



William H. Macy as Donnie Smith



Melora Waters as Claudia Wilson



Should have been nominated for
Best Supporting Actor (Reilly)
Best Supporting Actress (Moore)
Best Supporting Actor (Macy)
Best Supporting Actress (Waters)

The whole cast could have been nominated to be honest. Not a single bad performance in the film.

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John Turturro as Bernie Bernbaum



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Robert Downey Jr. as Wayne Gale



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Robert Mitchem as Harry Powell



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Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall



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The Player (1992)
Tim Robbins as Griffin Mill



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Psycho (1960)
Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates



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Best Actor

This one is a real disgrace. The best performance of all time, in any film (in my opinion and I'm sure others share this view) and he wasn't even nominated, let alone win.

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Tim Roth as Mr. Orange



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Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler



Kate Winslet as April Wheeler



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Best Actor (DiCaprio)
Best Actress (Winslet)
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Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter



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Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse



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Scarface (1983)
Al Pacino as Tony Montana



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Best Actor
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Donald O'Connor as Cosmo Brown



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Best Supporting Actor

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Giovanni Ribisi as Irwin Wade



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Best Supporting Actor
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Scarecrow (1973)
Al Pacino as Francis Lionel Delbuchi



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Best Actor
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Seven (1995)
Brad Pitt as David Mills



Morgan Freeman as William Somerset



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Best Actor (Pitt)
Best Actor (Freeman)
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James Spader as Graham Dalton



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Best Actor
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Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne



James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen



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Best Actor (Robbins)
Best Supporting Actor (Whitmore)
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Tony Curtis as Joe/Josephine/Junior



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Best Actor
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The Shining (1980)
Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance



Should have been nominated for
Best Actor

Another travesty. A brilliant film where not only was Nicholson overlooked but Stanley Kubrick too.
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Straw Dogs (1971)
Dustin Hoffman as David Sumner



Susan George as Amy Sumner



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Best Actor (Hoffman)
Best Actress (George)
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Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank



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Best Actor
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True Romance (1993)
Christopher Walken as Vincenzo Coccotti



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Best Supporting Actor
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Vertigo (1958)
James Stewart as John 'Scottie' Ferguson



Kim Novak as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton



Should have been nominated for
Best Actor (Stewart)
Best Actress (Novak)
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White Heat (1949)
James Cagney as Cody Jarrett



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A list of fantastic performances overlooked by the often incompetent Academy Awards.

Alphabetical.

In some films, an actor or actress were nominated. However, for some of them I think more of the cast should/could have been nominated (Eg. Apocalypse Now and Magnolia). I'm not saying they made the wrong choice with the people they did choose, I just believe that there were other equally good performances in the film.

Some of these roles are very short. However, some actors and actresses have often been nominated for very short roles and so I have included good short performances too.

For my Directing list, see the link below
Who the Oscars should have nominated: Directing


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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 3:17
Jim Carrey IN ETERNAL SUNSHINE
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 3:55
^YES!^
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 3:57
Still gotta see that film, although it has a high chance of appearing on this list when I do.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 4:19
ok then
still great list
glad to see John Cazale
an amazing actor
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Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 6:16
YES im not the only one that wanted dicaprio for revolutionary road, and yes eternal sunshine for jim carrey
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 8:19
I completely agree about Inglorious Basterds.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Nov 21 13:44
Richard Dreyfuss and/or Robert Shaw should have gotten a nomination for Jaws.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 21 13:12
I voted PURELY for Christian Bale in American Psycho, he should have won
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 21 17:01
great list..you've got my vote...rob't shaw & john cazale should have been nominated for any movie they appeared in. also, it's especially hard to belive that henry fonda for 12 angry men, sidney poitier for in the heat of the night, and james whitmore for shawshank weren't nominated
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 23 0:58
I can't believe Anthony Perkins wasn't even nominated. jake Gyllenhaal for Donnie darko for sure. Love that movie and Christian Bale in Amercian Psycho. Great List
Posted: 6 years ago at Jun 1 11:55
Charlie Sheen - Wall Street
Posted: 6 years ago at Jun 1 15:51
Good choice actually, when/if I extend this list, I will add him to it.
Posted: 6 years ago at Jun 6 22:57
Great list! It's truly a shame some of these didn't get nominated.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 21 23:06
Great list. I agree that many of these actors should have been nominated for their respective roles, even for films that I didn't particularly enjoy (Reservoir Dogs for instance). However, I don't believe that Michael Keaton's performance in Beetlejuice required any talent. That film was merely two hours of cheap gimmicks and Keaton's performance didn't leave an impression. Besides that, I agree with many of your suggestions.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 21 23:41
really great list. it's a fucking shame that those oscar bastards screwed such talented people over
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Oct 22 0:31
Really great list so much talent overlooked well it shows what the academy knows.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Jun 27 8:17
I AGREE!! Especially on Some Like It Hot and Revolutionary Road! :)
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Oct 15 20:35
excellent list, VERY GOOD JOB.
my recommended
GUY PEARCE and JOE PANTOLIANO - MEMENTO

JIM CARREY and KATE WINSLET- IN ETERNAL SUNSHINE

SAMUEL L. JACKSON - JUNGLE FEVER
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Feb 20 22:04
Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands is practically the only thing I agree on. However, I disagree on Magnolia, Revolutionary Road, and ESPECIALLY NBK, all 3 to be rather faulty films.

I also have a suggestion: How about Little Shop of Horrors? The acting in that movie was perfect, and Rick Moranis' portrayal of Seymour is some of the best acting I've ever seen out of him in his career.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Feb 21 6:46
Emily J, this list isn't about the quality of the films, it's about the quality of the performances. I personally loved Magnolia, Natural Born Killers and Revolutionary Road anyway but even if I didn't, the performances I've listed would be on this list regardless because they were good examples of acting.

I haven't seen the eighties Little Shop of Horrors, only the 1960 one so I won't be adding that any time soon. Once I see it, I will evaluate whether or not to include Moranis. Thanks for the suggestion.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Feb 21 18:37
Sorry, Ross. And you're welcome.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Apr 15 23:22
Great list! Especially Christian Bale in American Psycho and Al Pacino in Scarface! But all your choices are good.

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